September is Chelan Valley’s best kept secret.
The days are as gorgeous as any day in August but the tasting rooms feel bigger and the water is still warm. Though the kids have gone back to school, the adults are still playing. The Farmer’s Market tables are brilliant with tomatoes, greens and melons. The mornings are cool and the light shines a little lower on the vines. By midday you’ll find yourself in short sleeves with the sun on your face. Shorter days, mean longer nights to enjoy wine. Don’t find yourself empty handed, pick up an extra bottle to share with friends. Take a hike into our hills, stroll through town or step into the water. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley - it's naturally intoxicating.
Nefarious Cellars is a bit of a contradiction. The patio overlooking Defiance Vineyard is full of people nestled in colorful chairs, yet it’s a serene scene. The tasting room is packed with visitors but it’s anything but chaotic. Wine is omnipresen . . .
At Benson Vineyards, you’ll experience the thrill of a Tuscan villa and the down to earth attitude of a hard working family. Take a seat on the deck and feel like you own the lake or carry a cheese plate down to the lawn for a luxurious snack. Bring . . .
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BY RICK STEIGMEYER, THE WINEMAKER'S JOURNAL, WENATCHEE WORLD: It was only by coincidence that I got a call from Bob Christopher this week the day before I was heading up to Manson to interview for a . . .